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Old 11-23-2013, 08:01 PM   #2506
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Rode 4 Peaks a few years ago. Very different than yesterday and pretty damn scary coming down the switchbacks slipping and sliding all over the place.

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Old 11-24-2013, 09:25 AM   #2507
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Old 11-24-2013, 01:27 PM   #2508
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Old 11-25-2013, 07:14 PM   #2509
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I've recently moved to Tempe AZ and I am having trouble getting solid information weather I am allowed to take my Pennsylvania-registered Drz400s (street legal) off-road or not. I've done a little research into where some off-road motorcycling is allowed, but getting used to the restrictions is troublesome. Am I going to have to wait till I change my license and register and plate my bike in AZ to get an OHV sticker? Or can I ride the trails as a tourist until I get around to claiming residency?

I'm itching to ride. Any help would be greatly appreciated!
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Old 11-25-2013, 08:02 PM   #2510
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I've recently moved to Tempe AZ and I am having trouble getting solid information weather I am allowed to take my Pennsylvania-registered Drz400s (street legal) off-road or not. I've done a little research into where some off-road motorcycling is allowed, but getting used to the restrictions is troublesome. Am I going to have to wait till I change my license and register and plate my bike in AZ to get an OHV sticker? Or can I ride the trails as a tourist until I get around to claiming residency?

I'm itching to ride. Any help would be greatly appreciated!
Welcome to AZ.

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Old 11-25-2013, 08:51 PM   #2511
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I've recently moved to Tempe AZ and I am having trouble getting solid information weather I am allowed to take my Pennsylvania-registered Drz400s (street legal) off-road or not. I've done a little research into where some off-road motorcycling is allowed, but getting used to the restrictions is troublesome. Am I going to have to wait till I change my license and register and plate my bike in AZ to get an OHV sticker? Or can I ride the trails as a tourist until I get around to claiming residency?

I'm itching to ride. Any help would be greatly appreciated!
I take my WR250R to Arizona every year from Christmas to past New Years. I ride with Washington plates, nothing else as far as stickers. It's my understanding that you just need to be legal for your state. I've never had an issue. So I would say that if you have a Pennsylvania drivers license you should be able to ride legally with Pennsylvania plates.
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Old 11-26-2013, 04:51 AM   #2512
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Old 11-26-2013, 09:00 AM   #2513
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This just landed in my Inbox from Best Buy...its $319 on Amazon....not the Hero 3+....
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Old 11-26-2013, 09:40 AM   #2514
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This just landed in my Inbox from Best Buy...its $319 on Amazon....not the Hero 3+....
Thanks for the update...
Decisions... decisions... decisions... I had talked myself into getting a Hero3+ silver and adding a remote if needed. The software seems easier to use for simple-minded-individuals such as myself.
But this is a damn good price. The + model is slightly smaller and lighter and does some additional fancy things with video.
Do you agree with my findings.
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Old 11-26-2013, 10:53 AM   #2515
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I guess the general rule of thumb is to get the latest and greatest....that would be the Hero 3+ @$399....the $250 price point is about my limit.
I still use my Hero Digital 5 (circa 2008) that runs on AAA batteries and it works ok.
Check out this comparison and the first YouTube video. You decide.....
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Old 11-26-2013, 12:31 PM   #2516
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I don't know Jack about Go Pros but my wife tried to get me to buy the Silver Edition one they have it for $229 at Costco online with free shipping. I don't know if that is a good deal or not.
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Old 11-26-2013, 01:49 PM   #2517
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I haven't really started to look at them yet but jsut for reference mine is a first gen and an absolute dinosaur compared to the cams out there today.

key things in my book are a lithium rechargeable battery. My cam is an absolute hog and goes through a set of AAA batteries in no time. The rechargeable lithiums are supposed to be a lot better.

The other big thing for me is the remote. On mine I have no idea if the camera is on or not so having the remote attached to the handlebars would be great to make sure I'm actually recording when I want to be recording.

Other than that just briefly looking at the specs of the 3 and the silver, black and white they all look pretty good and are a lot better than what I have and mine captures decent video.

Where I lose quality is editing and then uploading to youtube. The raw video on my PC is much better than the final product. I believe having a good computer packed with a lot of memory and a good video card and editing program is probably as important to the overall quality of the videos produced.
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I haven't really started to look at them yet but jsut for reference mine is a first gen and an absolute dinosaur compared to the cams out there today.

key things in my book are a lithium rechargeable battery. My cam is an absolute hog and goes through a set of AAA batteries in no time. The rechargeable lithiums are supposed to be a lot better.

The other big thing for me is the remote. On mine I have no idea if the camera is on or not so having the remote attached to the handlebars would be great to make sure I'm actually recording when I want to be recording.

Other than that just briefly looking at the specs of the 3 and the silver, black and white they all look pretty good and are a lot better than what I have and mine captures decent video.

Where I lose quality is editing and then uploading to youtube. The raw video on my PC is much better than the final product. I believe having a good computer packed with a lot of memory and a good video card and editing program is probably as important to the overall quality of the videos produced.
I agree about the remote... but it does reduce the battery life of the camera. Battery life is quoted to be 60 to 95 minutes while doing mid-range video. Not tooo good. Reviews also say remote battery life is minimal.
What the hell they can't make a battery to have minimal weight and be long lasting.
My 90lb boat battery will run my trolling motor on high for 24 hours... Ooops that is two 12volt batteries for a 24volt motor.
Do you think a 180 lb battery would be tooo much to hang on the side of a helmet. Guess that would have to be a top-mount system only
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I agree about the remote... but it does reduce the battery life of the camera. Battery life is quoted to be 60 to 95 minutes while doing mid-range video. Not tooo good. Reviews also say remote battery life is minimal.
What the hell they can't make a battery to have minimal weight and be long lasting.
My 90lb boat battery will run my trolling motor on high for 24 hours... Ooops that is two 12volt batteries for a 24volt motor.
Do you think a 180 lb battery would be tooo much to hang on the side of a helmet. Guess that would have to be a top-mount system only
60-90 minute battery life (if that's recording) isn't too bad. When I film I try to get just a few short bursts of video instead of just keeping the camera going.

If you do and battery life is an issue then you're going to have to budget for additional backup batteries.

All part of the process of customizing the package that's right for each user.
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Old 11-26-2013, 03:50 PM   #2520
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Thanks for the information! It's nice knowing I'm not going to get pinched when I leave the street. I went on a short ride today near Saguaro lake. The loose sand takes a little getting used to, but its fun in a technical way. If anyone wouldn't mind another rider tagging along, I would love to join in on a ride. I would say I'm an intermediate rider, I did the Trans America Trail last year. I like single track, packed dirt, gravel, and whatever else.

I also have a truck, so I can haul another bike or hitch a trailer to get to a ride.

I love everything I've seen so far and can't wait to see the rest of sunny Arizona!
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